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It is nearly the weekend and we want to make you smile until the end of Friday.

This video will leave you with the biggest smile possible.

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MAY 31, 2019

 

 
 
WATER & SANITATION

This Town Will Be First in US to Offer Free Tampons in All Public Restrooms — Regardless of Gender

Brookline, Massachusetts, is setting the bar for menstrual equity.


Why Global Citizens Should Care
Stigma and shame around periods make it difficult for people to reach their full potentials. Providing access to period products is a step toward achieving menstrual equity. You can join us and take action on this issue here

Students in the greater Boston area just helped their town become the first in the US to provide free period products in all public restrooms. 

Brookline Town Meeting Member Rebecca Stone and two students presented the issue on May 23, according to the Hill. They made a convincing argument and compared period products to toilet paper, Patch reported. That night, residents voted to approve a plan to stock male and female bathrooms with tampons and pads. 

Product dispensary machines will be installed by July 2021. They will cost about $40,000 to set up in the first year and then $7,300 to maintain annually, according to Patch. Advocates in Massachusetts are hopeful for what this means for the future of the menstrual equity movement.

Take Action: Prioritizing Menstrual Hygiene Management is Key to Ensuring Girls Can Stay in School

Sasha Goodfriend, president of Mass NOW, the Massachusetts chapter of the National Organization for Women, is excited and proud that Brookline is the first city to make menstrual products available in public buildings.

“The menstrual equity movement, in general, is about taking periods out of the closet, and making sure that we are talking about menstruation,” Goodfriend told Global Citizen. 

Restrooms in Brookline public buildings, including town hall libraries and parks, will stock menstrual products in both male and female bathrooms, to accommodate all people who have periods.

“It’s important to remember that not all women menstruate, and not all menstruators are women,” Goodfriend pointed out. “Trans men also menstruate, for example, and if they’re using men’s bathrooms, they need not only access to menstrual products but also access to garbages, to put the products in afterward.”

Lack of adequate garbage disposal seems like an oversight, Goodfriend explained, but it’s an essential part of making sure people who menstruate feel safe, comfortable, and included. 

Related StoriesMarch 26, 2019Free Pads and Tampons Aren't the Only Answer to Period Poverty

Brookline High School students first raised the issue of access to period products in public spaces in a column published in the school newspaper in 2018. Officials expressed concern about the cost of providing free period products and the possibility of some people taking advantage of the supplies.

“Is it that big of a deal if someone in need takes more than one?" Brookline High School student Eva Stanley asked Thursday night, according to Patch.

The Brookline School Committee will have to vote to have the new law apply to public schools. 

“We know not having access to menstrual products causes menstruators to miss school,” Goodfriend said, “by working on menstrual equity policy we’re also combating education inequality, health inequality, and income inequality.”

Read More: Period Poverty: Everything You Need to Know

Some states including New York, Georgia, and New Hampshire provide free tampons and pads in schools already. Mass NOW is currently working on the I Am (Increased Access to Menstrual products) bill, which will be the first statewide legislation to guarantee period products are free in public schools, prisons, and shelters. 

Menstrual health advocates across the world are fighting to end period poverty, which is not only the lack of access to sanitary products. People who get periods need access to menstrual hygiene education, toilets, and hand washing facilities, too, to manage their periods safely, and with dignity. 

“It’s not only about access but it’s about combating the stigma against menstruation because the real power of the stigma is in the taboo, it’s in the fact that we can’t even talk about periods,” Goodfriend said.

 

 

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MEMBERS IN ACTION

Our 2019 ONE Champions in Nigeria are ready to fight for change

31 May 2019 12:31PM UTC | By: MELANIE RHODES

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A big welcome to 50 new ONE Champions in Nigeria! Selected from nearly 3000 hopefuls, the new Champions kicked-off by learning all about ONE, the issues and how to drive social change.

ONE Champions arrive at the ONE office in Abuja, Nigeria.

ONE Champions arrive at the ONE office in Abuja, Nigeria.

Passionate about equality and sustainable development, many of the Champions have been working in their communities to drive positive change. By becoming a ONE Champion, they’re able to take their activism to the next level.

Melanie Tejiri Idehen

Melanie Tejiri Idehen

“I am super excited for this opportunity to be on the frontlines of ONE’s fight against extreme poverty and preventable diseases for the next one year… The ONE Champions training was a dynamic blend of empowering lectures, interaction with experienced activists, hands-on learning, unforgettable experiences and of course fun,” said Melanie Tejiri Idehen, ONE Champion, Edo State.

 

Knowledge is power

The Champions sharpened their campaigning skills, gained insights into grassroots mobilisation, got tips on using the media for campaigning and, brushed-up on their public speaking skills. They also picked-up pointers on social media campaigning from well-known Nigerian influencer Chioma Agwuebo.

ONE Champions Amina Mubarak (left) and Osaro Adamu (right) share their ideas.

ONE Champions Amina Mubarak (left) and Osaro Adamu (right) share their ideas.

“The training was a lifetime learning experience that will stay with me forever. I learnt so much about the issues facing young people in Nigeria and how we can strategically tackle our challenges if we are a team… Power belongs to the people, but the people don’t realise it and it is up to us all to take steps to build a collective and brighter future,” said Fausiat Modupe Bakare, ONE Champion, Lagos State.

ONE Champions debate the issues.

ONE Champions debate the issues.

They got a great insight into how Nigeria is governed by visiting the National Assembly and watched the House of Representatives in session.

Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Health, Hon. Muhammad Usman talks with ONE Champions at the Nigerian National Assembly.

Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Health, Hon. Muhammad Usman talks with ONE Champions at the Nigerian National Assembly.

And back at ONE Nigeria HQ, they heard from Senator-elect Ibrahim Oloriegbe, who supported ONE’s Make Naija Stronger campaign. He shared his insider knowledge of how ONE effectively campaigns and influences national policy.

Serah Makka-Ugbabe (left), ONE’s Country Director in Nigeria, and Dr. Ibrahim Oloriegben (right), Senator-elect, Kwara State.

Serah Makka-Ugbabe (left), ONE’s Country Director in Nigeria, and Dr. Ibrahim Oloriegben (right), Senator-elect, Kwara State.

Making connections

For many of the Champions, connecting with other grassroots activists was a big highlight. During a visit to YIAGA Africa — an organisation that promotes democracy, human rights and political participation — they shared ideas with Yiaga Programme Manager, Dr. Isaac Olufadewa

ONE Champion Dr. Isaac Olufadewa talks with Cynthia Mbalu, lawyer and Programme Manager, YIAGA Africa.

ONE Champion Dr. Isaac Olufadewa talks with Cynthia Mbalu, lawyer and Programme Manager, YIAGA Africa.

“I know many programs where you are told WHAT to do to change your community, but few programs talk about HOW to do it. The ONE Champions Advocacy training did both! The ONE training was a wonderful opportunity for me to learn, grow and network with influential leaders… I strongly believe now that the power of the people can influence the people in power,” said Isaac Olufadewa, ONE Champion, Oyo State.

Star quality

Singer Waje Iruobe and rapper/actor Banky W dropped by and stayed for dinner! They shared their experiences of campaigning with ONE. Banky W recently ran for the House of Representatives and was able to give a great insider view.

Singer Waje Iruobe (left) and rapper/actor Banky W (aka Bankole Wellington, right) with ONE’s Innocent Edache (middle).

Singer Waje Iruobe (left) and rapper/actor Banky W (aka Bankole Wellington, right) with ONE’s Innocent Edache (middle).

Ready to go…

Nwabuisi Gospel

Nwabuisi Gospel

“ONE’s training gave us the tools and strategies needed to be a voice in the fight against extreme poverty. With the best global hospitality, facilitators and staff we felt at home. Networking with other Champions, sharing our passions and experiences. I wish the induction didn’t end. We are the future and the future is now. I Am Proud to be a One Champion,” said Nwabuisi Gospel, ONE Champion, ABIA State.

 

ONE Champions with their Certificates after a full-on, but fun, three days.

ONE Champions with their certificates after a full-on, but fun, three days.

By the end of the induction, ONE Nigeria’s 50 new Champions were trained-up and raring to go. It’s going to be an exciting year!

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HEALTH

How the Global Fund is tackling malaria at every angle

25 April 2019 11:50AM UTC | By: ROBYN DETORO

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Sign now: we demand more action in the fight against AIDS

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Until recently, global deaths from malaria had been dropping year over year. But that positive trend has come to a concerning end. In 2017, there were 2.4 million more cases of malaria globally than the year before.

This isn’t because we don’t know how to battle malaria effectively — we do. But we’re up against some big challenges, including complacency and wavering commitment.  As a result, investments have plateaued and progress has stalled.

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Ong’ielo Health Center funded by the Global Fund in Kenya.

Luckily we have a powerful tool that’s fighting complacency and pushing for governments to #StepUpTheFight against malaria — The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The powerful organisation provides nearly 60% of all international financing for malaria and is actively working with partners to help communities around the world get back on track to eliminate this preventable disease.

Right now, the Global Fund and their partners are taking a multi-pronged approach to fighting back against malaria. Here’s how they’re doing it:

Education

Partners of the Global Fund work with communities to teach them what malaria is, how it is transmitted, how it can be prevented, and how to treat malaria when someone is diagnosed with it. Providing communities with knowledge not only empowers them to prevent malaria, but teaches them when it’s necessary to seek out treatment.

Prevention

Equipping communities with malaria control measures like mosquito nets to place over sleeping areas, indoor residual spraying (insecticide sprays), and preventive malaria medicines (antimalarials) means they’re able to protect themselves from being infected in the first place. In 2017 alone, six million pregnant womenreceived preventive malaria treatment.

Diagnosis

The Global Fund supports community health workers, who bring health care to areas where it previously didn’t exist. Mobile workers are equipped with rapid diagnostic kits to quickly and easily diagnose malaria and start administering lifesaving treatment. The workers may also be equipped with mosquito nets to distribute and are trained to provide community education sessions on malaria prevention and treatment.

Treatment

Treating malaria is becoming increasingly more difficult as drug-resistant malaria becomes more prevalent. Nevertheless, the Global Fund has made huge strides in getting treatment to the people who need it. Global Fund-supported programs distribute lifesaving antimalarial drugs and have treated 108 million cases of malaria in 2017 alone!

The Global Fund

To make sure it can continue its critical work, the Global Fund will be hosting its Sixth Replenishment conference in October. They’re asking world leaders and private investors to come together and help save 16 million lives over the next 3 years by investing a minimum of US$14 billion.

This is the bold ambition the world needs to get us on track to stop the spread of diseases like malaria — and it’s why we’re calling on world leaders to #StepUpTheFight by fully financing the Global Fund.

Add your name now to tell world leaders they must back this bold initiative this year.

Sign now: we demand more action in the fight against AIDS

Dear government and business leaders,
We're urging you to show ambition in ending AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. This is a fight we can win – but only if we all do our part. I’m in, are you? Please fully finance the Global Fund to help save another 16 million lives and bring us closer to eliminating these diseases for good.

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